AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH^: A New Approach to the Farm Problem

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH

ONE of the basic causes of the American farm problem is the failure of agriculture to keep abreast of industry in research and development. Farmers have concentrated on learning how to increase their yields, leaving it up to the Government to worry about their surpluses, while hundreds of new industrial discoveries have pushed the farmer out of much of his market. Synthetics, for example, have taken over 45% of the market for natural fibers, 62% of the market for leather shoe soles, and two-thirds of the market for household soap. Last week, prompted by the recent report of the...

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